Jumaane Williams and Antonio Reynoso Back Rubain Dorancy for Senate

Rubain Dorancy shows off his ballot petitions with supporters.  (Photo: Twitter/@RubainDorancy)

Rubain Dorancy shows off his ballot petitions with supporters. (Photo: Twitter/@RubainDorancy)

Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Antonio Reynoso today endorsed Rubain Dorancy in his tight primary race to fill Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ former State Senate seat.

The two Brooklyn legislators–both members of the council’s dominant Progressive Caucus–cited Mr. Dorancy’s liberal bona fides as their reason for endorsing him over his rival, Jesse Hamilton, a former aide to Mr. Adams.

“I whole-heartedly endorse Rubain Dorancy—a strong progressive Democrat—for New York’s 20th Senatorial District,” said Mr. Williams, widely seen as a celebrity of sorts in the district’s Caribbean community. “I believe that Rubain is a man with a clear and focused vision to tackle head on the issues impacting residents in the 20th district, such as public safety concerns and NYPD policing reforms; the lack of quality affordable housing; sound and quality education for the youth; and the lack of jobs and unemployment.“

Mr. Reynoso similarly argued that the former Department of Education administrator was the best suited to take on major progressive causes in the upper house of the state legislature.

“The state has many issues that need to be addressed, from campaign finance, to immigration issues, to fighting corruption.  Rubain Dorancy is smart, capable and has strong progressive values.  I’m confident that he will be the fighter we need to take on the issues in Albany,” said Mr. Reynoso.

Mr. Dorancy thanked both councilmen for their support, and vowed to work with them if elected.

“I am truly honored and humbled to receive the endorsements of Council Members Jumaane Williams and Antonio Reynoso, who are both well-respected and accomplished legislators,” said Mr. Dorancy. “This partnership is a reflection of our commitment to work on addressing the persistent needs of our district that have debilitated our community for far too long.”

Mr. Williams’ and Mr. Reynoso’s endorsements are just the latest in the highly competitive contest between Mr. Dorancy and Mr. Hamilton. Mr. Dorancy has also received the backing of 1199 SEIU, the Communication Workers of America District One and Local 1109, the Teamsters District 16, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Mr. Clarke’s mother, former councilwoman and central Brooklyn power broker Una Clarke.

Mr. Hamilton, on the other hand, has picked up endorsements from Mr. Adams, Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, 32BJ SEIU, CWA Local 1180, Heat and Frost Insulators Local 12, the Bridge and Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association, and AFSCME District Council 37.